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Biggest wildfire in New Mexico's history burns with only 15% containmentupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 18:31:00

The largest wildfire in New Mexico's history continued to burn almost uncontrollably Saturday in the remote Gila Wilderness, belching enough smoke to prompt officials to caution that children, adults with heart disease and other sensitive groups should not go outdoors.

Plane crash kills 1, starts blaze in Californiaupdated: Sun Sep 04 2011 21:37:00

Firefighters scrambled to control a southern California brush fire started by a small plane crash Sunday night, reported federal and local authorities, which ordered residents of one threatened canyon to evacuate.

California wildfire burns 300 acres, causes interstate traffic backupupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 23:00:00

A wildfire in San Bernadino County, California, scorched some 300 acres and burned at least one home in a matter of hours Monday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Arizona, New Mexico residents return to see wildfires' impactupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 19:36:00

More Arizona and New Mexico residents Wednesday returned to their homes, in some cases to find them intact, in other cases to sift through debris left by a massive wildfire.

Air tankers play a big role in Arizonaupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 19:36:00

Air tankers are putting a dent to the out of control wildfires in Arizona. Affiliate KGUN reports.

Texas fires force evacuationsupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 23:54:00

KTRK reports three brush fires near Houston, Texas, forcing residents to evacuate.

Fresh evacuations as southern Arizona fire jumps highway, canyonupdated: Sun Jun 19 2011 22:31:00

Hundreds of firefighters fought to control several dangerous blazes in Arizona, fighting to make progress even as expanded evacuations and power outages signalled that the battle was far from over.

Nearly 400 wildfires burning in lightning-hammered Floridaupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 16:12:00

As many as 30 to 40 new wildfires have been breaking out daily in Florida amid persistent dry conditions, fire officials said Wednesday.

Fires nearing Florida wildlife refugeupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 19:10:00

Two fires have merged, coming dangerously close to protected areas in Florida's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Some Arizona fire evacuations liftedupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 17:17:00

Firefighters make progress against the Wallow fire and some residents are allowed to return. CNN's Jim Spellman reports.

Most flee fire, some stay putupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 20:51:00

As officials evacuate residents in the Arizona wildfire's path, most leave but some stay. CNN's Jim Spellman reports.

Air quality alerts near Arizona wildfireupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 20:51:00

Red-flag warnings, indicating critical fire ignition conditions, were in effect Saturday in eastern Arizona, where a massive wildfire grew to 430,000 acres.

Wildfire evacuees look for answersupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 09:58:00

Evacuees and concerned residents fill a high school auditorium looking for answers from fire officials. KTVK reports.

Colorado evacuees return home as firefighters contain blazeupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 20:03:00

A day after a wildfire forced the evacuation of 223 houses near Boulder, Colorado, residents of the fire-damaged Lefthand Canyon area began returning to their homes Saturday.

Weather service: Arizona raked by 4 twistersupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 09:44:00

At least four tornadoes struck Arizona Wednesday, injuring seven people, derailing a train and damaging more than 100 homes, the National Weather Service said.

Some residents allowed to return home after California wildfireupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 12:20:00

Evacuation orders have been lifted for neighborhoods in the region of a massive wildfire in southern California that has destroyed at least one home, officials said Friday.

Wildfire flares in Southern Californiaupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 17:24:00

Crews battling a 3,000-acre wildfire in Southern California's Kern County on Monday were able to get 10 percent of the blaze contained, the fire department said.

Signs of progress in Southern California wildfireupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 09:29:00

Winds have calmed in Southern California, helping firefighters double containment of a wildfire in Kern County, authorities said.

Hundreds of firefighters converge on California wildfireupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 12:58:00

Four hundred firefighters were converging Friday on a wildfire caused by lightning about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, California, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

Firefighters making gains against Arizona fireupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 21:58:00

Firefighters fared better than they expected battling the raging blaze in Arizona on Friday due to high humidity, cloud coverage and lower winds than expected, a fire department spokeswoman told CNN.

Time lapse view of Schultz fireupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 21:58:00

iReporter Charlie McCallie captured this sequence of photos beginning June 21 through the following day.

Arizona fire burns national forestupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 01:39:00

A wildfire had spread across at least 1,000 acres of Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona by early Thursday, forcing authorities to evacuate 50 residences, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

Young flood victim mournedupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 08:36:00

Seven year old Kylee Sullivan's family mourns her death in a flash flood. CNN's Casey Wian reports.

Official: Park warning systems will be reviewed in wake of floodsupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 14:31:00

The warning system intended to notify campers on federal land about potentially devastating weather will be re-examined in Arkansas and throughout the nation, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Saturday.

Arkansas families wait for newsupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 14:31:00

Families are still wait for news about their loved ones following flash flooding that swept through an Arkansas campsite.

Ark. governor: 'No absolute way of knowing' how many missingupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 21:20:00

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, appearing Friday night on CNN's "Campbell Brown," said portable cell phone towers are being placed in areas affected by deadly flash floods to help locate missing campers.

Crews gain against Southern California wildfireupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 02:07:00

A wildfire continued its rampage through the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California on Monday, but the U.S. Forest Service said fire crews were gaining ground.

California wildfire forces evacuations; destroys homesupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 10:15:00

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Sunday in San Bernardino County as a fast-moving wildfire burned through a national forest, threatening homes and forcing hundreds of evacuations.

California wildfire spreadsupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 10:15:00

A 500-acre fire rages across the Lytle Creek area of San Bernardino County on Saturday.

Residents thank firefightersupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 04:03:00

Residents of Sunland, CA, thank firefighters by making baked goods for them. KCAL's Melissa McCarthy reports.

California wildfire more than twice the size of Sacramentoupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 04:03:00

A fatal wildfire burning north of Los Angeles grew to more than twice the size of California's capital Tuesday evening, as officials upped the reward for information on who set the blaze to $150,000.

Reward for info on California wildfire raised to $150,000updated: Tue Sep 08 2009 21:49:00

A reward for information on who set a fatal wildfire that has been burning north of Los Angeles for almost two weeks has been raised to $150,000, officials said Tuesday.

California blaze 56 percent contained, official saysupdated: Mon Sep 07 2009 12:23:00

Firefighters battling a massive blaze north of Los Angeles have stopped the fire from spreading while increasing the percentage of containment, officials said Monday.

California fire 49 percent contained, official saysupdated: Sat Sep 05 2009 22:55:00

A fire north of Los Angeles is 49 percent contained and is moving east in the San Gabriel Wilderness area, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said Saturday.

Station fire caused by arsonupdated: Sat Sep 05 2009 22:55:00

Investigators say a massive fire that has charred more than 147,000 acres in southern California was caused by arson.

Arson caused California blaze, officials sayupdated: Sat Sep 05 2009 08:50:00

A massive fire that has charred more than 147,000 acres in Southern California and destroyed dozens of homes north of Los Angeles was caused by arson, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said Thursday.

Pot farms run by 'bad guys' getting closer to tourist spotsupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 13:11:00

Drug traffickers are planting millions of marijuana plants on U.S. public lands ever closer to tourist sites, guarding their plots with heavy weaponry, federal authorities say.

Pot growing in parksupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 13:11:00

Millions of pot plants are being grown in our national parks and forests. CNN's Randi Kaye tracks it down.

Investigation under way into cause of Station fireupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 22:26:00

The investigation into the massive Station fire north of Los Angeles is underway with authorities working to determine how the raging fire started, fire officials in California said Wednesday.

Gov: Residents should evacuateupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 22:26:00

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives an update on efforts to fight wildfires in southern California.

2 firefighters killed battling blaze in Los Angeles Countyupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 00:00:00

Two firefighters died Sunday battling a wildfire in Los Angeles County, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael Bryant.

High temperatures, dry conditions fuel wildfiresupdated: Sun Aug 30 2009 13:11:00

Fires in central and southern California raged Saturday as triple-digit temperatures mixed with dry conditions continued to fuel the flames, torching thousands of acres and threatening scores of homes.

Wildfire only 15 percent containedupdated: Sun Aug 16 2009 20:17:00

A wild fire scorched more than 5,000 acres in Santa Cruz County, California on Saturday.

Dry conditions, winds leave California open to big firesupdated: Sun Aug 16 2009 20:17:00

Dry conditions and strong winds in California left much of the state vulnerable to massive fires, with blaze-starters ranging from a cooking fire at a drug trafficking operation to a bird flying into a power line.

Arsonist gets death penalty for murders of 5 firefightersupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 21:15:00

A California man convicted of the 2006 arson murders of five U.S. Forest Service firefighters was sentenced to death Friday.

Death penalty for arsonistupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 21:15:00

Raymond Lee Oyler, a 38-year-old serial arsonist who lit a brush fire that killed five firefighters is sentenced to death.

Missing Nebraska family surrenders; parents heldupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 20:34:00

A Nebraska couple missing along with their children since last month surrendered to police and were taken into custody Monday, authorities said in a statement.

Commentary: Shovel-ready projects that create jobsupdated: Sat Apr 04 2009 17:19:00

Now that the federal stimulus money has started to flow, the nation's governors and local officials shouldn't overlook investments in neighborhood ecosystems that could put thousands of people to work now and improve the health of communities for generations.

Man may get death penalty in firefighters' deathsupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 19:26:00

A California jury Wednesday recommended the death penalty after convicting a man on murder and arson charges in the deaths of five U.S. Forest Service firefighters who died in a 2006 blaze outside Los Angeles.

Little Tujunga Canyon fireupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 22:19:00

Up to 750 acres have burned in Little Tujunga Canyon, about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. KABC reports.

Time.com: Feds Warn Warming Could Harm Giant Sequoiasupdated: Fri Sep 05 2008 14:00:00

Federal researchers are warning that warming temperatures could soon cause California's giant sequoia trees to die off more quickly unless forest managers plan with an eye toward climate change and the impact of a longer, harsher wildfire season

Crash scene 'inaccessible'updated: Thu Aug 07 2008 21:29:00

The NTSB shares the latest on a helicopter crash Tuesday in Northern California that killed nine people.

Time.com: Search on for Copter Crash Victimsupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 06:00:00

As many as eight firefighters and a pilot are presumed dead in the crash of a helicopter that had just picked up workers battling a blaze in a Northern California forest

Time.com: Judge Blocks Gas Drilling in Mich. Forestupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 15:00:00

A federal judge has overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow oil and gas drilling near a forest and a river in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula

Residents flee wildfiresupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 01:37:00

Thousands were ordered to evacuate as an out-of-control wildfire threatened the already devastated area.

Time.com: Judge Blocks Michigan Forest Drillingupdated: Sat Jul 12 2008 15:00:00

A federal judge has overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow oil and gas drilling near a forest and a river in Michigan

TV crew drives through fireupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 17:44:00

A firefighting team drives a TV crew through a fire in Butte County, California, as flames surround the vehicle.

Wildfires force residents to flee Paradiseupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 17:44:00

Thousands of people living in Paradise are fleeing their small northern California town Wednesday as wildfires charge into the area, officials said.

Time.com: Weather Helping Calif. Firefightersupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 09:00:00

Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity overnight to help containin a blaze burning through the mountains in Santa Barbara County, Calif.

Fires rage in Goleta, Californiaupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 22:54:00

Fires continue to spread in Goleta, California.

Time.com: Calif. Wildfires Exhaust Firemenupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 23:00:00

With hundreds of wildfires raging across remote, rugged parts of California for a second week, fire officials have been forced to strategically choose which to fight and which to leave to burn for weeks or even months

Time.com: Wildfires Blaze in Northern Californiaupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 16:45:00

Fire crews battle hundreds of lightning-caused wildfires across Northern California

Arizona wildfires spreadupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 22:32:00

High winds make it difficult for crews to contain a two-thousand acre wildfire near the Grand Canyon.

California blaze pushes firefighters backupdated: Mon Apr 28 2008 17:50:00

A wildfire that has burned 490 acres of dry brush in the Southern California mountains has gained ground, authorities said Monday.

Wildfire in Californiaupdated: Mon Apr 28 2008 17:50:00

The first big wildfire of the season has prompted evacuations near Los Angeles. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports.

Time.com: Avalanche Kills 2 in Montanaupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 09:00:00

A huge avalanche at Whitefish Mountain Resort killed two backcountry skiers and searchers combed the slide area for other possible victims

Fire investigators go through dirt to get into mind of arsonistsupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 11:40:00

It was the second day of the massive 2002 Hayman wildfire that charred nearly 138,000 acres just outside Denver, Colorado, destroying more than 100 homes and sending 8,000 fleeing for safety.

Technology helps firefighters on land, in airupdated: Tue Oct 23 2007 21:36:00

Modern technologies are giving Southern California firefightersa a leg up on the 16 wildfires ravaging 425 square miles from north of Los Angeles to southeast of San Diego since the weekend.

Utah wildfires burn businessupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 03:19:00

Utah wildfires burn business

Time.com: Firefighters Battle Utah Blazeupdated: Mon Jul 02 2007 13:20:00

A federal firefighting team took over direction of efforts Sunday to halt a fast-moving wildfire that had killed three people

Winds worry firefighters near Lake Tahoeupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 06:29:00

Firefighters battling a blaze near Lake Tahoe used Wednesday morning to douse hot spots and catch their breath, but the blaze was expected to flare up again as winds increased throughout the afternoon.

Blaze near Lake Tahoe 'spots' across fire line updated: Tue Jun 26 2007 07:10:00

Wind gusts on Tuesday breathed new life into a wildfire near Lake Tahoe, causing it to "spot" across a fire line and threaten new buildings, a fire official said.

Smoke hinders air attack on Tahoe wildfireupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 09:51:00

Lower winds Monday helped firefighters attack the Angora fire, which has burned 2,400 acres and destroyed at least 240 homes south of Lake Tahoe, state fire officials said.

Thousands mourn California firefightersupdated: Mon Nov 06 2006 03:42:00

Thousands of people attended a California memorial service Sunday for five men who died fighting the Esperanza Fire, which investigators blame on arson.

California blaze claims 5th firefighterupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 23:47:00

A firefighter who was the lone survivor of a five-man U.S. Forest Service crew that was overtaken by flames while fighting a Southern California wildfire last week has died.

Three questioned about deadly California wildfireupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 16:03:00

Three people have been questioned in connection with the arson that investigators say sparked the deadly Esperanza wildfire that killed four firefighters

Firefighter's prognosis is grim, doctor saysupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 02:16:00

The prognosis is "poor" for a firefighter who suffered burns over 90 percent of his body while battling a sprawling Southern California wildfire, the chief of the hospital where the man is being treated said Friday.

Mistreating the guestsupdated: Mon May 22 2006 10:08:00

George W. Bush's insistence on a new guest-worker program as part of any immigration reform has infuriated many conservatives, but it is also sounding alarm bells among some immigrant-rights advocates. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) argues that many guest workers already in the U.S. are being cruelly exploited--sometimes in government jobs--and fears that any expansion will lead to more instances of what Mary Bauer, an SPLC lawyer, calls "indentured servitude."

Rangers catch bear after deadly attackupdated: Sun Apr 16 2006 16:21:00

Authorities captured a bear Sunday that they suspect was responsible for the mauling of an Ohio family in the rugged mountains of eastern Tennessee, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

Hundreds of dead pets found in woodsupdated: Thu Feb 02 2006 17:04:00

Hundreds of dead cats, dogs and other animals were found in two wooded areas of West Virginia, the state Division of Natural Resources said Thursday.

CNNMoney: The other real estate boom: Scamsupdated: Mon Jun 13 2005 15:43:00

Sybil Pryor thought she was getting a deal.

Keystone, Colorado: Out with the old, in with the newupdated: Mon Jan 10 2005 10:48:00

A cloudless cobalt sky drapes Keystone Resort as I exit the area's boundary gate and head up the boot trail to the wide-open bowls that cascade down from the 12,200-foot peak of The Outback. The North Bowl circles to my left and drains into the trees of The Black Forest, Victory Chutes and Conquest far below. To the right, the South Bowl's shimmering slopes beckon like a cupped hand of virgin white.

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Jul 31 1989 00:01:00

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